Black History Month Instruction Hub

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Welcome to REEL CANADA’s Instruction Hub for the Black History Month Livestream.

Now that you’re registered, this is your one-stop-shop for all the links, resources, and instructions your class will need to participate in the livestream.

Everything you find here will ALSO be delivered straight to your inbox within a series of instructional newsletters. The Hub lets you access it all in one convenient location – so you can focus on building an engaging learning experience for your students.

Notre Plateforme de ressources est également disponible en français ici.

Here’s when you can expect to hear from us with further details about each aspect of the livestream. If you registered after any of these dates, you can find everything you need below:

Week of Jan. 31: Lesson plans & Sensitivity Resources
Week of Feb. 7: Links to watch the short films
Week of Feb. 14: Tech Instructions for watching the livestream and using our engagement platform
Wed. Feb. 23: Anti-Racism Livestream event

We will also send you our teacher and student evaluation forms, for you to fill out after the livestreams take place.

Before the Livestream

Watch the films with your students in advance of the livestream – make sure to plan the date now.

Film streaming links will arrive via email by February 9. If you requested a DVD, keep an eye on your school mailbox.

TIP: Watching the films closer to the livestream date will ensure the content is still fresh in students’ minds

Livestream

On February 23, watch the livestream play out on YouTube, and get students to engage via our interactive platform, either on their own or as a group. Don’t forget to double-check the time in your region:

Afterwards

Complete our student and teacher feedback forms and send them back. This is what allows us to offer our programming free of charge!

If you’ve registered to watch a recording of the livestream, there are still lots of ways for your class to get engaged! 

**If your plans change, and your class is able to watch live, please get in touch so we can send you all the updates for our live audience instead.**

If your students can watch the films prior to Feb. 23:

Great news: Any comments or questions submitted before Feb. 23 may be incorporated into the livestream. Here’s how it works:

1. Watch: Screen the first three short films for your students during the “engagement window” of February 9 to February 23. The total runtime is 35 minutes.
Note: The last film, Pick, will be screened during the livestream itself.

2. Engage: After watching the films, hop onto our interactive platform for students to share their comments in our discussion board, submit questions for the filmmaker, and answer polling questions. Anything shared prior to Feb. 23 may be incorporated into the livestream event.

3. Watch the livestream: When you watch the livestream recording, your students should access our engagement platform again to participate in educational questions and additional polls that will remain open and active after the live event.

4. Feedback: Make sure each student completes our student feedback form. Their responses allow us to continue offering our programmes free of charge!

If your students cannot watch the films prior to Feb. 23:

1. Watch your inbox:  In the coming weeks, we will be sending all the resources and instructions needed to participate. You can get a head start on planning, or refer back to them closer to when you intend to show the livestream recording.

2. Request film links: The standard film links will expire on Feb. 23. Because you’re watching after that, please fill out our quick form to renew the links for another date of your choosing.

Please plan to screen the films as close as possible to when you will screen the livestream recording, so they’re fresh in students’ minds.

3. Show the films: Screen the first three short films for your students. The total runtime is 35 minutes.
Note: The last film, Pick, will be screened during the livestream itself.

4. Watch the livestream and engage: While watching the livestream recording, make sure your students use the interactive platform to engage in activities alongside the main event. They can answer polling and quiz questions, and contribute to an extensive, nationwide student discussion board.

5. Feedback: After watching, make sure each student completes our student feedback form. Their responses allow us to continue offering our programmes free of charge!

Notre Plateforme de ressources est également disponible en français ici.

In the coming weeks, we will be updating this page regularly with the French versions of each resource, as they become available.

If you requested French subtitles when you registered, you can expect an email with the finished, subtitled livestream in late March or early April.

As a reminder, the livestream discussion will be recorded in English and then subtitled into French afterwards. Each short film will be made available with French subtitles.

Here’s how to participate:

1. Renew your films

We want the films to be fresh in students’ minds when they watch the livestream, so we recommend waiting until you have everything before you screen the films for your class. Once you hear from us that the subtitled livestream is ready, please complete this Link Renewal Form to let us know when you’d like to screen the films. (Links will be valid for one calendar week, beginning on a Monday)

2. Before the livestream

Watch the first three short films with your students in advance of the livestream. Please plan to screen the films as close as possible to when you will screen the livestream recording.

3. Livestream

While watching the recording, make sure your students use the interactive platform to engage in activities alongside the main event. They can answer polling and quiz questions, and contribute to an extensive, nationwide student discussion board.

4. Afterwards

After watching, make sure each student completes our student feedback form. Their responses allow us to continue offering our programmes free of charge!

The following resources are designed to help you prepare your class for a supported and safe learning environment during the film and livestream viewings. These materials have been developed in collaboration with a diverse set of educators, including those who identify as Black, and those who are Indigenous and/or persons of colour.

For Teachers: Best Practices & Resources for Ensuring a Culturally Safe & Respectful Screening of Films with Sensitive Content

For Students: Classroom Agreements for Anti-Racism Conversations & Mental Health Support Resources

Lesson Plan

This brand new lesson plan is designed to accompany the short film programme and livestream. Like our support resources, this has been developed in consultation with diverse educators, including those who identify as Black. You can use any or all of the activities to enrich your students’ learning experience before, during, and after the livestream. The plan includes:

  • Language-building tools and resources for discussing race and racism in the classroom
  • Introductory, pre- and post-viewing activities
  • Guiding discussion questions
  • Suggested extensions & summative tasks
  • Student handouts
  • Additional Resources
  • Comprehension questions for the films

You can also access a French version of this lesson plan here.

A personal link to stream the short films will be sent to your email by February 9th with the subject “Instructions #03: How to Watch the Short Films.”

That personal link will provide access to three films. Please plan for your class to watch these as close as possible to when you screen the livestream, so they’re still fresh in students’ minds. The last film, Pick, will be shown during the livestream itself, before our discussion with the film’s director.

For those of you teaching remotely, you may share this link directly with your students, but please make sure to communicate that it is a private link.

This link will expire on February 23. If you are watching the livestream recording and cannot watch the films before Feb. 23, please fill out a quick Link Renewal Form.

If you ordered a DVD of the short film programme, you will receive that in advance of the livestream.

Should you need to provide additional information about the short films, including any mature content, to parents, teachers, or your administration, please feel free to share this synopsis and content advisory document with them.

*Please note: if you’ve requested to preview the films, we will send them to your inbox on the date specified in your registration form.

We’ve built an interactive platform to use while watching the livestream, so students can engage with the filmmaker and with their peers nationwide. How they do that is up to you:

OPTION 1: Students engage using their own devices at their seats (or at home).

OPTION 2: As a class or in small groups, choose a spokesperson — student(s) or you — to use the platform for the whole group. Everyone in the group can contribute their thoughts aloud as they watch the show while the spokesperson enters questions and comments contributed by the group members. You could even get a head start by coming up with some questions in advance.

TIP: Whichever method you choose, test out the online platform beforehand to make sure it’s not blocked by your school board, and so you’re prepared to guide students through the experience as needed.

Activities available on the platform include:

  • ASK – Ask our special guests questions, and upvote questions from other students that they’re most curious to hear the guests answer
  • DISCUSS – Share their reflections on our discussion prompts
  • POLLS – Answer both opinion questions and factual quiz questions around racism, equality and the films
  • CHAT – Engage in conversation with their peers nationwide*
  • REACT – Share instant emoji reactions during the preshow

Don’t worry, we’ll be moderating everything to ensure nothing inappropriate slips through.

*Chat will only be available while the presentation is live, in order to ensure all comments meet community guidelines of appropriateness. 

There are three different links to participate, depending on how you’d like to set things up on the day.

A. Watch the Livestream:
www.reelcanada.ca/BHM-live-2022

B. Use the Interactive Platform:
www.reelcanada.ca/BHMforum2022

C. Livestream & Interactive Platform side by side on one screen:
www.meet.ps/BHMforum2022

Here are some examples of how to set up:

  • Display the livestream (Link A) at the front of the class while students use the platform (Link B) at their seats, either as individuals or as groups.
  • If you have one spokesperson in charge of the platform, display Link C at the front of the class, so all students can see both the platform activities and the livestream at the same time.
  • Students at home can take their pick, depending on whether they have access to one device or two.

We need student feedback! In order to keep offering this programming completely free-of-charge, our funders want to know how it went, especially for our young audiences. The feedback information is captured anonymously and shared with our funders.

  • Print them out
  • Have each student complete a form
  • Send them back by scanning and emailing them to [email protected] or sending via regular mail to:
    REEL CANADA
    720 Bathurst Street, suite 504
    Toronto, ON
    M5S 2R4

Teacher Feedback Form

  • Check your inbox for your personalized feedback form in “Instructions #04: How to Watch the Livestream & Participate”
  • This one is online, so just complete the form and you’re done

Want to extend the discussion even further? This list of curated bonus films provides additional opportunities for conversation around the themes of racism, oppression, equity, and justice. These works cover a range of subjects, all from Canadian perspectives. It’s your choice if, when, and how you’d like to incorporate them into the programme.

Bonus Film Synopses

Bonus Films Order Form
(for a personalized form prefilled with your information, please check your inbox for an email with the subject line “Instructions #02: Lesson Plan, Support Resources, and More”)

🔲 Check your inbox and the Instruction Hub for weekly updates
🔲 Look through the lesson plan for activities you’d like to use
🔲 Review and share our guidelines for discussing sensitive content
🔲 Plan date & time to watch the short film programme (Feb. 9 – 23)
🔲 If planning to watch the films after Feb. 23, order your links for later
🔲 Double-check the time of the livestream in your region
🔲 Book the projector/equipment needed for both the film viewing and the livestream
🔲 Watch the three short films with your class in advance
🔲 Watch the livestream and engage online
🔲 Complete the feedback forms and send them back to us
🔲 Check out our Bonus Films if you’d like to extend the dialogue further

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to write to [email protected] or to give us a call toll-free at 1-888-508-0881 ext. 229.